Tractor trailer takes down poles, wires in Richmond

More than 550 Met-Ed customers without electricity in Kutztown area

Posted: 2:07 PM EDT Jun 04, 2013   Updated: 7:35 PM EDT Jun 04, 2013
Tractor trailer accident

A tractor trailer driver was confined to his cab for about an hour while live wires draped his truck.

The UPS Freight truck brought down two utility poles and power lines at Crystal Ridge and Crystal Cave roads in Richmond Township, near Virginville. The accident happened around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The driver had to stay inside the truck until Met-Ed crews could shut off power to the lines, which fell on top of the trailer and sparked a brush fire in an adjacent field, police said.

More than 550 Met-Ed customers in Richmond, Greenwich and Maxatawny townships and Kutztown borough were without electricity, as of 2 p.m. Met-Ed said it could take several hours to restore power to everyone.

No one was injured.

Crystal Cave Road remained closed for approximately two hours.